Were there any people convicted of a slaying that happened the night of March 26, 2006 at a party in the Southside Park neighborhood?
– Joe, Sacramento
Three people were tried in connection with the March 2006 shooting death of Hector Manuel “Bam” Barrera, 25, an aspiring rap singer, during a birthday party at Barrera’s house in the 300 block of U Street in Sacramento’s Southside Park area.
According to stories in The Bee, the party attracted gang members from various Norteno subsets. Verbal sniping led to fistfights, then shooting.
Edwin Arthur Stevenson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced in 2008 to 60 years to life in prison.
A Sacramento County jury acquitted two other men, Panfilo Torres and Kenneth Anderson, of murder charges. But Torres was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in the case and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
The jury could not reach a verdict on three gun-related charges against Anderson. The prosecutor considered refiling the gun charges, but Anderson pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge and was sentenced to the time that he had already served in county jail while awaiting trial on the murder charge.
Stevenson, now 25, is at Calipatria State Prison in Calipatria. Torres, 28, is at a California out-of-state correctional facility in Arizona.